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India’s Ambassador to Norway visits EFD Induction HQ

India’s Ambassador to Norway, His Excellency Mr. Rajendra Kumar Tyagi, visited EFD Induction’s global headquarters in Skien, in Telemark County, Norway on Friday 23 August. Mr.Tyagi also toured the company’s factory and testing center in Skien as part of the same visit. “We’re honored and excited to host His Excellency and his team,” says EFD Induction Group, CEO Bjørn Eldar Petersen. “EFD Induction has a long and developing connection with India. We have, for instance, a major manufacturing facility in Bangalore, and are currently planning on doubling the factory’s size to about 8,000 square metres. India is also a significant market for us, with many of the country’s leading manufacturers investing in our industrial heating solutions.” 

India’s Ambassador to Norway, His Excellency Mr. Rajendra Kumar Tyagi,
From left: Sales Manager Peter Runeborg EFD Induction Norway, CEO Bjørn Eldar Petersen EFD Induction Group and India’s Ambassador to Norway, His Excellency Mr. Rajendra Kumar Tyagi

The visit was part of a tour of Telemark County in southern Norway organized by ‘InnovationNorway’ and the ‘Invest in Telemark’ initiative. Innovation Norway is responsible for promoting Norwegian enterprises and innovation, both in Norway and around the world. Invest in Telemark is a special three-year initiative designed to nurture economic growth in the County, and to promote foreign investment. Ambassador Tyagi said it had been an interesting experience for him to visit Telemark County, a region which struck him as “one of the most beautiful in Norway.” 

Ambassador Tyagi also commented: “I had a very pleasant meeting with Mr Terje Riis-Johansen, the Mayor of Telemark, and interesting interactions with the CEOs of various companies such as EFD Induction. I have no doubt at all that economic and commercial relations between India and Norway will grow strongly in the years to come, given the huge unrealized potential that exists in that regard. My visit to Telemark has not only been interesting but also extremely useful and productive.” 

For Terje Riis-Johansen, the Mayor of Telemark County, the visit underscores the importance of the growing business links between Telemark and India, as well as other emerging economies. “More people need to know about the concentration of industrial expertise—and investment opportunities—that exist in Telemark,” commented Riis-Johansen. “We are, as EFD Induction demonstrates, particularly strong in advanced manufacturing technologies. For example, Telemark is a location for many companies in knowledge intensive sectors such as offshore oil and gas extraction and distribution, chemicals, hydropower, metals processing and green energy. Moreover, we actively support companies locating here, and are eager to attract investments from India. ” 

EFD Induction’s Indian manufacturing center was opened in Bangalore in 1995. The company also has sales and service offices in Poona and Madras, two cities with large manufacturing bases. Major customers include TATA, ZF, Alstom, GKN, Ashok Leyland, and Bhushan Steel. The company currently employs 180 people, and its equipment has been installed throughout Australasia and as far afield as Argentina, Slovakia and Mexico.